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5 promising Indian cricketers who had an unceremonious end to their career

Manoj Sarma
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Modified 13 Jan 2018
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#2 Nari Contractor

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Critical injuries derailed Nari Contractor's career

Nari Contractor was one of the most fearless batsmen India ever produced. Beginning his Ranji career with hundreds in both the innings of his debut game (second batsman to do so after Arthur Morris), Contractor made headlines with his unflinching batting approach. In 1959, playing at Lord’s against England, he was severely injured by Brian Statham resulting in two broken ribs but the gutsy opener went on to score 81 runs before he was dismissed by Greenhough.

A couple of years later, Contractor led India to a famous series win against England and was made the captain in the same season before the tour to the West Indies. India lost the first two games and was under pressure to make their mark against a fearsome bowling attack.

In a practice game against Barbados, Contractor was severely injured after being hit on the back of skull by a bouncer bowled by Charlie Griffith. He immediately fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital.

Contractor didn't move for six days and had a blood transfusion. He made a remarkable recovery and made a comeback to First Class cricket but was never picked for the national side. Thus, a promising career ended in a misery.  

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Published 13 Jan 2018
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